Cat Facts

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    How To Tell How Old a Cat Is

    Get tips on how to determine your cat's age and learn about a cat’s life stages to provide the best care for them...
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  2. grey cat inside grey Litter-Robot

    Grey Cat Breeds: Traits, Personality & How to Adopt

    Got a "thing" for grey cats? Grey/blue coloration is found in almost any cat breed. Let's take a look at some of...
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  3. cat paws in litter box

    Why Do Cats Use Litter Boxes?

    To avoid being attacked by predators, ancestral cats had to cover up their tracks. Using a litter box is instinctual...
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  4. Bengal cat stalking through grass

    15 Exotic Cat Breeds You Can Adopt

    Interested in cats that look like tigers, leopards, lions, and bobcats? Adopt one of these exotic cats...
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  5. grey cat sleeping in the litter box

    Why Is My Cat Sleeping in the Litter Box?

    A cat sleeping in the litter box can be a serious health issue or stem from pregnancy, anxiety, and territorial guarding...
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  6. toybob cat playing - small cat breeds

    15 Smallest Cat Breeds & Miniature Cats That Stay Small

    Many cat breeds are naturally tiny, while some are derived from the Munchkin. These breeds stay kitten-like forever...
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  7. Scented vs. Unscented Cat Litter: What Does the Research Say?

    Scented vs. Unscented Cat Litter: What Does the Research Say?

    You'll be surprised at what research says about the benefits and drawbacks of scented vs. unscented cat litter...
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  8. why does cat pee smell so bad

    Why Does Cat Pee Smell So Bad?

    There’s perhaps no smell more distinct—or...
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  9. senior cat on the lap of a man

    Senior Cat Litter Box Solutions

    When it comes to the challenge of caring for aging cats, litter box problems are especially frustrating. Just one...
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  10. orange tabby cat eating grass

    Why Do Cats Eat Grass?

    If you see your cat eating grass and vomiting frequently afterward, seek help from your vet...
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  11. American Shorthair cat in spring wildflowers

    How Long Is a Cat in Heat?

    What are the signs of a cat in heat? The average length of time a cat is in heat is 7 days...
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  12. cat exiting self-cleaning litter box while pregnant woman watches

    Toxoplasmosis in Cats: Should Pregnant People Worry?

    The litter box poses a low but serious risk for pregnant people. Learn how to protect yourself during pregnancy...
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  13. Siamese cat drinking milk out of bowl

    Is Milk Bad for Cats?

    Let’s explore why most kinds of milk are actually likely to upset your cat’s stomach...
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Fun cat facts and feline tidbits 

Cats are endlessly fascinating, and we have the content to prove it! Read 100+ articles on the Litter-Robot blog that include fun facts about cats. You’ll find cat facts related to coat pattern, breed, unique abilities, and more!

Did you know? Cats instinctively know how to use the litter box. To avoid being eaten or attacked by predators, ancestral wild cats had to cover up their tracks and hide their waste to mask their scent. They gravitated toward soft dirt or sand, since the granular consistency made it easier to bury their waste. 

What other interesting facts about cats didn’t you know? Cats meow for humans, not other cats. A group of cats is called a clowder or a glaring, while a group of kittens is a kindle. 30%-50% of cats lack the gene that makes them react to catnip. Research suggests that a cat’s purr has the power to self-heal. People with cat allergies aren't allergic to fur, but rather a protein found in a cat’s saliva, urine, and dander called Fel d 1. Cats seek out boxes that offer cover for their predatory hunting instincts, as well as to hide to avoid becoming prey—an instinct passed down by their wild ancestors. Contrary to popular belief, cats don’t see in black and white—but research suggests that they are red-green colorblind. A 1-year-old kitten is developmentally equivalent to a 15-year-old human. (Most) cats are lactose intolerant. Cats’ whiskers help with directional orientation and spatial awareness.

Shall we keep going? The “tabby” cat isn’t a breed—it’s a pattern. Your cat has a third eyelid that functions as a shield for their cornea. Cats are imitating snakes when they hiss. Your house cat likely isn’t nocturnal, but instead crepuscular, or most active around dusk and dawn. How long a cat lives largely depends on whether they’re indoor-only or an outdoor cat. Cats almost always land on their feet due to their impressive “righting” reflex. Cat pee smells so bad because it’s so concentrated—felines originated in the desert and evolved to absorb a large amount of water from their urine to maintain their hydration. Cats are more likely to knead if they were separated from their mothers as young kittens. And finally, cats aren’t just jerks: They knock things over to test for hidden prey.